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August 29, 2023

How to Use Multiple Windows on macOS

Screenshot showing App Exposé for currently open DEVONthink windows.

When working in DEVONthink, you almost certainly end up with several windows open at once, and even on larger screens you can easily lose track of them. Fortunately, there are some tricks on how to get an overview of your windows and how to find lost ones. (more)

April 18, 2023

How to Deal With PDF Searchability

Screenshot showing the concordance inspector with a word cloud in DEVONthink.

When it comes to PDF documents, what you see and what is actually there can be two different things. Just because you can read words in the document doesn’t mean it is searchable. Or perhaps you have a searchable PDF but it’s still not found in a search in DEVONthink. Here are a few ways to deal with such PDFs. (more)

April 11, 2023

How to Deal with Reduced Vision

macOS magnifier over the DEVONthink manual.

Whether due to a physical infirmity or just a product of getting older, viewing things on screen can become more difficult. Changing the interface isn’t something that’s simply done and everyone has their own level of correction needed. Here are a few ways to make things a bit easier on your eyes. (more)

February 7, 2023

How to Quickly Open Documents

Screenshot showing the CustomShortcuts menu beneath the Open With submenu in DEVONthink.

We know our applications don’t exist in isolation on your Mac. While you can view or edit many file types in DEVONthink, there are times you want to open them in other applications. This is especially easy with the free utility CustomShortcuts. Here is how that works. (more)

January 31, 2023

How to Handle Stalls and Crashes

Screenshot showing a crash report and the activity monitor.

Quality assurance is a top priority in the development of our applications. Nevertheless, misbehavior can sometimes occur, leading to an application crashing or stalling. To investigate and fix the issue, we need a report with some information about it. Here’s how you can support us with that. (more)

January 24, 2023

How to Quickly Translate Text

Screenshot showing the translation popover-menu with translated text.

There are many times we have to deal with documents that aren’t in our native language and in those cases, a translator becomes invaluable. For this, Apple provides a built-in translation you may not know or think about sometimes. Here is a short introduction. (more)

September 27, 2022

DEVONthink or the Finder?

Cuddling icons of DEVONthink and Finder.

As people trial DEVONthink, they occasionally ask, “Why don’t I just use the Finder?” or “Isn’t DEVONthink just a Finder replacement?” While both are legitimate questions, the Finder is still central to your Mac. Here’s a brief comparison of some of their features. (more)

July 5, 2022

How to Install Our Applications

Screenshot showing a Finder window for copying an app to the Applications folder.

DEVONtechnologies has several applications available for a variety of purposes. From a simple freeware thumbnail generator to our flagship apps DEVONthink and DEVONagent. For whatever application you’re thinking, “I’m ready to try this application out”, the first step is downloading and installing the app. Fortunately, this is a simple two step process. (more)

November 16, 2021

Using Hidden Preferences

Hidden preferences in the integrated help.

DEVONthink is well known for being a highly configurable application with an abundance of preferences options. However, not all preferences are as broadly needed but may be useful to a smaller but still substantial group. To address this, DEVONthink has some hidden preferences available. (more)

October 5, 2021

How to Use JavaScript for Automation

Example JavaScript code automating DEVONthink.

For most of us, automation on the Mac means AppleScript. What few people know is that it’s also possible to automate applications with JavaScript. Here’s a tip to get you started. (more)